Kleobis and Biton
  • TitleKleobis and Biton
  • Technique/ MaterialOil on canvas
  • DimensionsDimensions: (h x b) 88 x 130 cm
    Frame: (h x b x dj) 113 x 148 x 8 cm
  • DatingMade c. 1650
  • Artist/Maker Artist: Thomas Blanchet, French, born 1614 or 1617, born 1614 or 1617, born 1614 or 1617, dead 1689
  • CategoryPaintings, Paintings
  • Inventory No.NM 6780
  • AcquisitionPurchase 1984 Hedda and N.D. Qvist Fund
  • Description
    Images and media

    When Hera’s priestess in Argos was about to miss a ceremony as she lacked oxen to pull her chariot, her sons Cleobis and Biton undertook the task instead. Afterwards, their grateful mother asked the gods to grant them the finest gift that a person can receive. The brothers then fell asleep for all eternity. In this imaginative panorama of Rome, the chariot enters the Forum with the temple to the divine twins Castor and Pollux in the foreground.